African Violets - Not as Hard to Grow as Everyone Believes Hint Two

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African Violets -  Not as Hard to Grow as Everyone Believes Hint Two.

African Violets can be very, very beautiful and live for years and years. I have sevaral in my depleted collection that I have had for 10 years; someone emailed me to tell me that she had one that belonged to her Grandmother for 20 years before she inherited it. It would be about 28-30 years old now.

If you have other African Violets, one of the really important things to do when you first bring an African Violet home is to isolate it from the others. I used to keep the newbies in the master bathroom for about a month. AV's have bugs and/or bacteria that you can't see but that can infect other ones; so if your old ones are healthy don't put the new ones next to it. It can lead to disaster for the old ones.

Make sure you repot your new plant; don't repot into a bigger pot. Why should you repot? Many times the stores that you buy them from use too heavy a fertilizer that can actually damage the plant. (more on fertilizers next tiem. African Violets should be kept in a 3-4" pot for the first year. This will help them flower more. Repot at least once a year and really consider whether it needs a bigger pot.

This lovely is called Rob's Stormy Skies and you can see why. It bursts with blossoms that are a deep purple like the sky before a storm with those white edges that the clouds get. This is one of my favorites.

Click here to see #1 in the African Violet Series

African Violets - How to take care of them - tweidman.com

 

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Michael A. Caruso
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What a beautiful picture. The colors are mesmerizing.

 

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Dec 18, 2010 10:13 AM #1
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You just became my new BFF. My wise old grandmother had a huge African violet collection, but they are one of the few plants that I’ve never really be successful with. Maybe in my old age I’ll try again.

Dec 18, 2010 12:26 PM #2
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Toni, this photo gives no hint that African violets are tricky to grow.  Nice shot.

Dec 18, 2010 03:26 PM #3
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Michael - Thank you. It is more beautiful in real life.

Dec 19, 2010 12:17 AM #4
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Russel- I'ld love to be your new BFF :)

Dec 19, 2010 12:18 AM #5
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Patricia - they really aren't tricky to grow if you know a few basic things.

Dec 19, 2010 12:18 AM #6
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I was so glad to find your series on African violets!  About 2 1/2 years ago, an agent in my office brought me a tiny little African violet plant in a styrofoam cup...someone somewhere was selling them and she bought me one for my office.  Anyway, it didn't exactly thrive in that environment and I brought it home.  I haven't a clue what I am doing, but a few weeks ago, it was covered in 7 beautiful blooms...I was thrilled.  Sheer luck!  I am going to read your posts, though, and figure out how to make it healthier and happier!

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Susan, sounds like you are doing well with it if you've had it that long. Most of them die within a few months.

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Hi Toni:

As you know, I love violets too!

These are some fantastic tips...thanks for giving me the link.

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Thanks for taking a look, Toula.

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